HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — So who’s going to be the first player to be officially warned by the league for a flopping violation?
In order to curtail flopping, the NBA has put a system in place to warn and fine players who disrespect the game by over-emphasizing contact. Flopping calls won’t be made on the court, but violations will be issued by a committee headed by the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, Stu Jackson.
Here’s the official wording from the league and what will earn players a flopping violation…
“Flopping” will be defined as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact.
Physical acts that constitute legitimate basketball plays (such as moving to a spot in order to draw an offensive foul) and minor physical reactions to contact will not be treated as flops.
The video above, including an absolutely hilarious example from Tony Parker, let’s you see what the league is talking about.
About 15-20 warnings were issued to players during the preseason. The Warriors’ Jarrett Jack revealed that he got one on Twitter, but that list wasn’t made public.
Those preseason warnings don’t really count, but beginning Tuesday, stuff gets real. And before the Heat and Celtics tip off on TNT, the season actually starts in Cleveland, and that means … Anderson Varejao!
Varejao could the the favorite to lead the league in flops, depending on how many minutes Reggie Evans gets in Brooklyn. The league will post a list of regular season flopping violations on its media web site, just as it does with technical fouls and flagrant fouls, so the names of the violators will be public.
And only time will tell how much the new system actually curtails egregious flopping.